Fort Pickett Archive

  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia National Guard indirect fire infantrymen trained on the newly-fielded M326 120mm Mortar Stowage Kit, or MSK, and executed fire missions Sept. 16, 2017, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The M326 MSK is a trailer-mounted system allowing Soldiers to quickly emplace, fire and stow the fully-assembled, 300-pound 120mm mortar. The two-week course consisted of classroom work, field training […]

    Virginia Guard indirect fire infantrymen train on new mobile kit for 120mm mortars

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia National Guard indirect fire infantrymen trained on the newly-fielded M326 120mm Mortar Stowage Kit, or MSK, and executed fire missions Sept. 16, 2017, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The M326 MSK is a trailer-mounted system allowing Soldiers to quickly emplace, fire and stow the fully-assembled, 300-pound 120mm mortar. The two-week course consisted of classroom work, field training […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — After a week of hands-on training, 254 Soldiers began testing for the Expert Infantryman Badge Aug. 6, 2017, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. EIB testing was hosted by the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and was a key event in the brigade’s two-week annual training, held July 29 – Aug. 12, 2017. “All in all, over […]

    116th IBCT conducts EIB testing, focuses on individual skills

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — After a week of hands-on training, 254 Soldiers began testing for the Expert Infantryman Badge Aug. 6, 2017, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. EIB testing was hosted by the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and was a key event in the brigade’s two-week annual training, held July 29 – Aug. 12, 2017. “All in all, over […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Lt. Col. Preston Scott, Fort Pickett garrison commander, cut a cake July 5, 2017, to celebrate Fort Pickett’s 75th birthday. Originally named Camp Pickett, it was officially dedicated July 3, 1942, with 46,000 acres and the mission of training troops after the United States’ entry into World War II. “Sometimes we take for granted as we […]

    Fort Pickett celebrates 75th birthday

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Lt. Col. Preston Scott, Fort Pickett garrison commander, cut a cake July 5, 2017, to celebrate Fort Pickett’s 75th birthday. Originally named Camp Pickett, it was officially dedicated July 3, 1942, with 46,000 acres and the mission of training troops after the United States’ entry into World War II. “Sometimes we take for granted as we […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — It was a historic year of firsts for the Virginia National Guard’s Adjutant General’s Pistol Match, held June 23-25, 2017, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. A record-setting 72 shooters, from both the Army and Air National Guard, turned up to test their marksmanship skills against some of the best shooters in the state. For the first time […]

    183rd RTI hosts historic pistol match at Fort Pickett

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — It was a historic year of firsts for the Virginia National Guard’s Adjutant General’s Pistol Match, held June 23-25, 2017, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. A record-setting 72 shooters, from both the Army and Air National Guard, turned up to test their marksmanship skills against some of the best shooters in the state. For the first time […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard has signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the North Carolina National Guard to join the West Virginia and Pennsylvania National Guard as external customers storing equipment at the Fort Pickett Maneuver Area Training Equipment Site according to an announcement made June 21, 2017, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of […]

    Agreement with NC Guard brings new jobs to MATES, more training to Fort Pickett

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard has signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the North Carolina National Guard to join the West Virginia and Pennsylvania National Guard as external customers storing equipment at the Fort Pickett Maneuver Area Training Equipment Site according to an announcement made June 21, 2017, by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of […]

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  • FORT PICKET, Va. — After five grueling days, 26 active duty, U.S. Army Reserve and National Guard Soldiers earned their rappel master certification after completing the U.S. Army’s Rappel Master Course, taught by Soldiers of the 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute June 5-9, 2017, at Fort Pickett, Virginia.  The course teaches Soldiers how to tie knots used during rappelling and […]

    Virginia National Guard certifies 26 new rappel masters

    FORT PICKET, Va. — After five grueling days, 26 active duty, U.S. Army Reserve and National Guard Soldiers earned their rappel master certification after completing the U.S. Army’s Rappel Master Course, taught by Soldiers of the 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute June 5-9, 2017, at Fort Pickett, Virginia.  The course teaches Soldiers how to tie knots used during rappelling and […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Officer Candidate School Class 60A was dressed to impress at their graduation and commissioning ceremony April 22, 2017, in the auditorium of Fort Pickett’s 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute. “As Virginia OCS alumni, we expect your very best always,” said Lt. Col. Craig C.Worsham, commander of Fort Pickett-based 3rd Battalion, 183rd Regiment, […]

    Virginia Guard OCS commissions new officers

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Officer Candidate School Class 60A was dressed to impress at their graduation and commissioning ceremony April 22, 2017, in the auditorium of Fort Pickett’s 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute. “As Virginia OCS alumni, we expect your very best always,” said Lt. Col. Craig C.Worsham, commander of Fort Pickett-based 3rd Battalion, 183rd Regiment, […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Atop a green pasture spotted with wandering cattle at the junction of the Nottoway and Little Nottoway rivers, a team of archaeologists studied the soil of four trenches, each one about 12 inches deep. The archaeology site, investigated by a team of archaeologists March 22, 2017, is just one of the hundreds of similar sites undergoing […]

    Digging more than a foxhole at Fort Pickett

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Atop a green pasture spotted with wandering cattle at the junction of the Nottoway and Little Nottoway rivers, a team of archaeologists studied the soil of four trenches, each one about 12 inches deep. The archaeology site, investigated by a team of archaeologists March 22, 2017, is just one of the hundreds of similar sites undergoing […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers and noncommissioned officers from around the state participated in the 2017 Virginia Army National Guard Soldier and NCO of the Year Competition Feb. 24-26, 2017, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The three-day competition included the Army Physical Fitness Test, marksmanship, land navigation, Army Warrior Tasks and an appearance board. “The best part of […]

    Va. Guard troops compete for title as Virginia’s top Soldier, NCO

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers and noncommissioned officers from around the state participated in the 2017 Virginia Army National Guard Soldier and NCO of the Year Competition Feb. 24-26, 2017, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The three-day competition included the Army Physical Fitness Test, marksmanship, land navigation, Army Warrior Tasks and an appearance board. “The best part of […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — Army Brig. Gen. Timothy Wojtecki, special assistant to the director of the Army National Guard, presented the 2015 Army Award for Maintenance Excellence in the Army National Guard Table of Distribution and Allowance Category to members of the Virginia Army National Guard’s Maneuver Area Training Equipment Site during a ceremony Sept. 21, 2016, in Arlington, Virginia. “Our […]

    Fort Pickett maintenance site receives 2015 Army Award for Maintenance Excellence

    SANDSTON, Va. — Army Brig. Gen. Timothy Wojtecki, special assistant to the director of the Army National Guard, presented the 2015 Army Award for Maintenance Excellence in the Army National Guard Table of Distribution and Allowance Category to members of the Virginia Army National Guard’s Maneuver Area Training Equipment Site during a ceremony Sept. 21, 2016, in Arlington, Virginia. “Our […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — More than 25 Army Reserve Soldiers from the Cross Lanes, West Virginia-based 261st Ordnance Company, 321st Ordnance Battalion, 38th Regional Support Group received real-world experience as they supported the ammo supply point at the Virginia National Guard’s Fort Pickett Maneuver Training Center for their two week annual training period Aug. 6-20, 2016. “Working here at Fort […]

    Army Reserve Soldiers support Fort Pickett Ammo Supply Point

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — More than 25 Army Reserve Soldiers from the Cross Lanes, West Virginia-based 261st Ordnance Company, 321st Ordnance Battalion, 38th Regional Support Group received real-world experience as they supported the ammo supply point at the Virginia National Guard’s Fort Pickett Maneuver Training Center for their two week annual training period Aug. 6-20, 2016. “Working here at Fort […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard received a Secretary of the Army Energy and Water Management Award in the Renewables and Alternatives category Aug. 11, 2016, at the Department of Energy Training and Trade Show in Providence, Rhode Island. Brig. Gen. Paul Griffin, Director of the Virginia National Guard Joint Staff, accepted the award along with members of the […]

    Va. Guard receives Secretary of the Army Award for renewable energy efforts

    SANDSTON, Va. — The Virginia National Guard received a Secretary of the Army Energy and Water Management Award in the Renewables and Alternatives category Aug. 11, 2016, at the Department of Energy Training and Trade Show in Providence, Rhode Island. Brig. Gen. Paul Griffin, Director of the Virginia National Guard Joint Staff, accepted the award along with members of the […]

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  • BLACKSTONE, Va. — Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, visited the Blackstone Chamber of Commerce July 28, 2016, and signed two memorandums of understanding with Blackstone aimed at strengthening the relationship between the town and the Virginia National Guard’s Fort Pickett Maneuver Training Center. “It was a phenomenal opportunity to meet with representatives of the Blackstone […]

    AG signs agreements to build on partnership with Blackstone

    BLACKSTONE, Va. — Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, visited the Blackstone Chamber of Commerce July 28, 2016, and signed two memorandums of understanding with Blackstone aimed at strengthening the relationship between the town and the Virginia National Guard’s Fort Pickett Maneuver Training Center. “It was a phenomenal opportunity to meet with representatives of the Blackstone […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Fort Pickett-based Maneuver Area Training Equipment Site has been selected for a 2015 Army Award for Maintenance Excellence in the Army National Guard Table of Distribution and Allowance Category, according to announcement made July 6, 2016. “Our MATES winning the Army Award for Maintenance Excellence is huge in the Army sustainment community,” […]

    Fort Pickett maintenance site wins 2015 Army Award for Maintenance Excellence

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Fort Pickett-based Maneuver Area Training Equipment Site has been selected for a 2015 Army Award for Maintenance Excellence in the Army National Guard Table of Distribution and Allowance Category, according to announcement made July 6, 2016. “Our MATES winning the Army Award for Maintenance Excellence is huge in the Army sustainment community,” […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Soldiers assigned to the Petersburg-based 276th Engineer Battalion, 91st Troop Command built on the basics to improve on squad and team integration with hands on training with engineer equipment and demolitions in tactical environment during the annual training June 4-18, 2016, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Engineers replaced culverts and repaired roads at Fort Pickett with rock […]

    Annual training for 276th Engineers builds on the basics

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Soldiers assigned to the Petersburg-based 276th Engineer Battalion, 91st Troop Command built on the basics to improve on squad and team integration with hands on training with engineer equipment and demolitions in tactical environment during the annual training June 4-18, 2016, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Engineers replaced culverts and repaired roads at Fort Pickett with rock […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Governor Terry McAuliffe joins a group of Virginia Senators and Delegates on a tour of the Virginia National Guard’s Fort Pickett Maneuver Training Center June 10, 2016, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The tour included firing ranges, visiting Soldiers from the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team conducting annual training, a tasty MRE lunch and an opportunity to […]

    Governor, state legislators visit Fort Pickett

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Governor Terry McAuliffe joins a group of Virginia Senators and Delegates on a tour of the Virginia National Guard’s Fort Pickett Maneuver Training Center June 10, 2016, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The tour included firing ranges, visiting Soldiers from the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team conducting annual training, a tasty MRE lunch and an opportunity to […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Civilian business leaders learn about some of the capabilities of the Virignia National Guard during an Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Boss Lift, June 8, 2016, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Aviation crews from the Sandston-based 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, 91st Troop Command transported the employers from Roanoke and Richmond to Fort Pickett where […]

    ESGR Boss Lift brings employers to Fort Pickett

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Civilian business leaders learn about some of the capabilities of the Virignia National Guard during an Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Boss Lift, June 8, 2016, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. Aviation crews from the Sandston-based 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, 91st Troop Command transported the employers from Roanoke and Richmond to Fort Pickett where […]

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  • SANDSTON, Virginia — Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, Brig. Gen. Paul F. Griffin, Virginia National Guard Director of the Joint Staff, and Walter L. Mercer, Director of Personnel and Administration for the Virginia Department of Military Affairs, recognized and thanked Virginia Department of Military Affairs state employees at luncheons and awards ceremonies May 10, 2016, […]

    Dept. of Military Affairs recognizes, thanks state employees

    SANDSTON, Virginia — Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, Brig. Gen. Paul F. Griffin, Virginia National Guard Director of the Joint Staff, and Walter L. Mercer, Director of Personnel and Administration for the Virginia Department of Military Affairs, recognized and thanked Virginia Department of Military Affairs state employees at luncheons and awards ceremonies May 10, 2016, […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Virginia — The Virginia National Guard Historical Collection and archeological collection both moved into a new building with some help from members of the Virginia Defense Force March 28-31, 2016, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The historical collection includes documents, clothing, equipment and other artifacts which cover the history of the Virginia National Guard. The archeological collection includes broken […]

    Historical, archaeological archives move into new digs at Fort Pickett

    FORT PICKETT, Virginia — The Virginia National Guard Historical Collection and archeological collection both moved into a new building with some help from members of the Virginia Defense Force March 28-31, 2016, at Fort Pickett, Virginia. The historical collection includes documents, clothing, equipment and other artifacts which cover the history of the Virginia National Guard. The archeological collection includes broken […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Rep. Dave Brat visited the Virginia National Guard’s Fort Pickett Maneuver Training Center March 31, 2016. Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, and Lt. Col. Preston Scott, Fort Pickett garrison commander, provided an overview of the installation and its capabilities, then escorted Brat on a tour of the Maneuver Area Training Equipment […]

    Rep. Brat visits, tours Fort Pickett

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Rep. Dave Brat visited the Virginia National Guard’s Fort Pickett Maneuver Training Center March 31, 2016. Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, and Lt. Col. Preston Scott, Fort Pickett garrison commander, provided an overview of the installation and its capabilities, then escorted Brat on a tour of the Maneuver Area Training Equipment […]

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